Predators & Prey: Finding Owl Pellets

PREDATORS AND PREY: Investigate the food web and how energy flows through the trophic levels of producers, consumers and decomposers. Play games that demonstrate an individual species’ relationship with their environment. Learn about Owls, the silent hunters of the night and dissect a pellet to determine the predator and prey food chain dynamics.

The owl pellet or neat package of fur and bones are the indigestible leftovers of an owl’s recent meal. The powerful enzymes in the owls digestive system dissolve all of the digestible parts while the rest is regurgitated. Looking closely at the contents of the pellet uncover a story about who’s eating who in the forest.

“Eyes on the side ready to hide, eyes in the front ready to hunt”

When owling its important to keep your distance so as to not disturb the site.  If you happen to be visiting a site with high chance of finding an owl the best thing to do is remain as far back as possible using a spotting scope. You can put your camera up to the spotting scope lens for a photograph.  You’ll have a much better look without causing them to fly off.  Be careful not share such locations as owls are under enough pressure due to habitat loss and other environmental concerns.

Looking at Barred Owl through Spotting Scope
Looking at Barred Owl through Spotting Scope

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